Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism
Welcome to Hospitality & Tourism! This field of study offers a wide variety of career choices and tremendous opportunities. Worldwide, millions of jobs exist in the field of hospitality and tourism for qualified candidates.
Hospitality and Tourism students sampling cruising on board Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas
Fisher's Hospitality & Tourism Associate in Science degree has been created for students who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills they can use to gain employment after two years of study. The elements of hotel management and tourism needed to gain employment are covered through coursework in geography, tourism and hotel management.
What makes Fisher's program special?
Location: Fisher College is located among dozens of hospitality and tourism companies that are within walking distance of our campus.
Career Readiness Model
Early in the freshman year, Hospitality and Tourism students begin making connections with industry professionals who will help to shape their future. Spending time with and industry mentor gives students an opportunity to confirm their desire to engage in coursework that will lead to an exciting career in a hotel or travel company.
Small Class Size
Our small classes allow students to get to know their faculty and to express themselves.
The Hospitality & Tourism faculty have more than a half-century of experience preparing students for their career.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students are encouraged to participate in an international educational experience to enhance their knowledge of destinations, to learn about other cultures and to gain additional knowledge about their field of study. A variety of opportunities exist through Fisher College's Study Abroad program.Tourism is dedicated to providing students the highest level of instruction in preparation for careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. In addition to courses that are designed to give instruction specific to the industry, students complete a variety of liberal arts and management courses to ensure their ability to become meaningful contributors in a variety of organizations.
|First Year||Credit hours|
|TH101||Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism||3|
|CS101||Computer Concepts and Applications||3|
|TH106||Event and Convention Planning
|TH107||Introduction to World Destination
|Second Year||Credit hours|
|CS245||Management Application and Information Systems||3|
|TH200||Hospitality/Tourism Internship (or) Free Elective||3|
|MG201||Principles of Management||3|
|TH201||Hospitality/Tourism Sales and Marketing||3|
|TH220||Computerized Reservation Systems||3|
|TH225||Hotel and Lodging Management
|* A higher level of math (MA107-110, 121, 150) may be substituted.|
|** At least three credits must be taken from FA 101, FA 102, FA 103, FA 111, or FA 112.
Minimum credits required for graduation--60.
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Scholarships and Grant Opportunities
Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
For general information and requirements, please visit the organization's Web sites (links open in a new window)
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) is the not-for-profit, charitable-giving, and fund raising affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). For more than 50 years, the Foundation has been the primary source of financial support for industry-related scholarships and research. In recent years, AH&LEF's mandate has expanded to include funding to launch and maintain school-to-career and workforce development initiatives in order to attract and retain more employees to our industry. Their Web site is designed to provide information regarding educational and research programs, as well as provide giving opportunities and recognition to donors.
College. Career. Community. The Hispanic College Fund embodies these principles while helping Hispanic high school and college students obtain college educations and professional careers. The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit that promotes students to explore and enter careers in business, science, technology, engineering and math.
1301 K Street NW,
Suite 450-A West, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. During the 2007-2008 academic year, HSF awarded almost 4,100 scholarships exceeding $26.6 million. In its 33-year history, HSF has awarded in excess of 86,000 scholarships, worth more than $247 million, to Latinos attending nearly 2,000 colleges and universities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
The HSMAI Foundation, which has been providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in hospitality sales and marketing since 1983, awards merit scholarships to full-time students in the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Candidate category, and merit scholarships to part-time students pursuing Associate, Baccalaureate or Graduate Degrees.
HSMAI Foundation Scholarship Committee
c/o Kathleen Tindell
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
IATAN has established the IATAN Ronald A. Santana Memorial Foundation (IATAN Foundation) to provide scholarships annually to individuals who are interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in travel.
800 Place Victoria
P.O. Box 113
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4Z 1M1
Toll Free Number: 1-877-734-2826
The MCCA's Hospitality Scholarship Program encourages professional development within the visitor and hospitality industry by awarding scholarships to Massachusetts high school seniors who are graduating from an accredited high school or college students who are currently enrolled as hospitality industry majors at a two- or four-year accredited higher education institution. Four scholarships of $2,500 each are available annually to Massachusetts residents-two from Boston and two from other areas of the Commonwealth.
Dennis Callahan, Esq.
Community Partnerships & Hospitality Scholarship Fund Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
415 Summer Street,
Boston, MA 02210
The PCMA Education Foundation reaches the meetings and conventions community at many levels to give back to the industry. It is proud to have funded grants, scholarships, research and educational programs/products that have helped to elevate and advance the industry and its professionals.
19 North Street
Salem, MA 01970
Contact: Terri R. Comegys
Tel: (978) 745-8331
Tourism Cares currently administers three scholarships programs. These scholarships are awarded primarily to students pursuing travel and tourism or hospitality at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
275 Turnpike Street, Suite 307
Canton, MA 02021
No phone calls please
Fisher College Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board
|Ulmer "Steve" Coy, III, CTIE,
Manager of Testing and Certification
The Travel Institute
148 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
(800) 542-4282 extension-159
|Guida Botelho, CTA, Manager of Training
Atlas Travel International
1 Maple Street
Milford, MA 01757
|Katelyn Sugrue, Director of Sales
The Langham, Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
|Jennifer L. Nickerson, Director of Revenue
The LaFrance Company
66 State Road
Copley Square Hotel
47 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
|Thomas DeSisto, Hotel Manager
The Inn@St. Botolph
99 Saint Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02116
|Courtney Hudson, Human Resource Manager
The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
A member of Leading Hotels of the World
|Deborah Schmier Isdaner, Human Resources
Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Assistant Director, Human Resources
The Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
|Chris Rule, Director of Human Resources
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
One Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128
Marketing Events Manager
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Rich W. Metzger
Assistant Program/Program Director for Hospitality and Tourism
My fascination and love for this industry began in the sixth grade when my elementary school class went on a field trip to a small airport in Newark, New Jersey - today called Liberty Airport, one of the nations busiest. I can still remember standing outside the terminal doors listening to pilots talk to air traffic controllers in their tower over loudspeakers and using binoculars to watch propeller driven planes take off and land. On the bus ride back to school I promised myself that someday I would work in that industry. Now a little over 45 years later I look back and say that was a promise I'm so glad I kept.
I've made a very successful and personally rewarding career from working in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. I've traveled through most of Europe; Caribbean; Mexico; Canada; Hawaii; popular destinations in the United States; cruised in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans; flown first and business class; and I'm not done yet! For a number of years my wife and I owned our own leisure travel agency. After selling our travel agency I started doing consulting work, helping people buy and sell travel agencies. Along the way I began to teach as an adjunct in New Jersey, which continued when we moved to New England. For a few years after our move we owned and operated a small home based travel business - specializing in Disney destinations. I continued adjunct teaching in the Boston area. Teaching subjects from hospitality including hospitality law, tourism, especially geography, airline computer reservations, business, entrepreneurship and communications.
I'm a great believer and advocate for education both at the academic and professional levels. Academically my MBA is from California Southern University, graduated Summa Cum Laude, presently perusing my Doctorates. Professionally, through The Travel Institute I'm a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), Destination Specialists in many areas of the world and Lifestyle Specialists for the different special interest and needs of clients.
Here at Fisher College I have the unique opportunity to combine and share two of my strongest passions travel and teaching. As a small private college, I get to know my students and help them better prepare to make the change from their academic career to their professional career. Our curriculum is state-of-the-art and up-to-date, we often engage in field work at some of Boston's finest and most luxurious hotels, with more planned outside Boston, including a trip to New York. Industry speakers will be stopping by to share their experiences and entertain questions.
Above all else, I'm dedicated in helping you become part of the world's largest and most dynamic industry - Hospitality and Tourism.
A successful internship experience can pave the way to the beginning of a new career. In today's world, the more experience you have the better equipped you will be to handle the challenges of a new job. That is why Fisher College requires its baccalaureate students to complete a semester's internship. During the course of a semester, Hospitality & Tourism students gain first-hand experience as front desk clerks, reservationists, travel consultants, tour specialists, meeting planners and marketing assistants just to name a few. Our innovative curriculum prepares students for a variety of career opportunities and the internship program is designed to match students to an experience that will complement their education and allow them to explore the inner workings of a job within the industry. Associate in Science degree candidates can select an internship in place of a free elective.
Hospitality Internship providers:
|Best Western Terrace Inn
1650 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, Massachusetts, 02135
Director of Sales
61 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116
Director of Human Resources
Saunders Hotel Group
|Comfort Inn and Suites
Logan International Airport
85 American Legion Highway
Revere, MA 02151
|Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
10 Park Plaza Suite 4510
Boston, MA 02116
International Marketing Manager
|Courtyard by Mariott Liberty Station
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Assistant General Manager
| The Inn@St.Botolph
99 Saint Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02116
|Dorka's Travel Agency
335 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
|The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Human Resources Manager
Boston Study Center
33-41 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
275 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021
Carolyn Viles, CTC
| Bulfinch Hotel
107 Merrimac Street
What the hospitality industry is saying about our students:
"Yet again I find myself amazed by the caliber of intern being produced by Fisher College's Hospitality and Tourism Management program. Katie and Serkon, the most recent of them to work with my staff at the Inn @ St. Botolph, were every bit as professional, intelligent, and all around impressive as I have come to expect. Katie's communication skills were among the best I've seen, and Serkon's enthusiasm for the industry was unparalleled. I'd be delighted for either of them to join my staff full time in the future, and I look forward to working with more interns from Fisher's exceptional program." Michael Farrar, Assistant Manager, Inn at St. Botolph.
"Thank you for sending such a great intern." - Chrystina Dolan, Registrar/Social Program Coordinator, Embassy CES Boston Study Group.
"We greatly appreciate the opportunity in having Gina complete her internship with us at the Bulfinch Hotel. She has been a huge asset to everyone. The combination of her desire to learn, bubbly personality, and ability to adapt to different departments of the hotel made her a pleasure to work with. We look forward to welcoming more Fisher College students in the future!" - Matthew Stambler, Director of Sales, Bulfinch Hotel.
"Thank you for the opportunity in having Patty fulfill her internship with us. Patty was extremely well-prepared, enthusiastic and professional. We look forward to having more Fisher students' intern with us!" - Omar Zenon, Operations Manager, Comfort Inn and Suite.
"Thank you for sending Kristina to complete her internship here at the Courtyard Marriott. She was bright, energetic, and eager to learn about the hotel business. She was constantly asking for additional duties that would give her more insight into the various departments and how they interacted. Hopefully, she will be able to use the training and immersion into a hotel environment to help her decide which field of hospitality she would like to pursue. Thanks again." - Alex Wiley, Assistant General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station.
"Thank you for the opportunity to work with Kelsie. She was a great intern and a natural fit to the hospitality industry! If there are more like Kelsie at Fisher College, please send them my way!" - Susanna Starrett, Director of Sales, Best Western Terrace Inn.
"We have interns from all walks of life and backgrounds. It was indeed a pleasure to have Edwin Pena from your distinguished educational institute this past summer/fall. Edwin was a most genuine person and truly gave it his all here at the Lenox Hotel. His bright smile and attitude will take him far in whatever he chooses to do in life. Good interns are hard to find. Great ones such as Edwin are rare. Thanks for sending him to us and we look forward to a continued relationship." - Frank Healey, Chief Engineer, Lenox Hotel.
"Rachel was exactly what the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism was looking for in an intern: bright, personable and able to multitask with various departments of our office." - Tim Graft, International Marketing Manager, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
"Biljana has been an intern at the Inn at St.Botolph for the last several weeks, working and learning under my direct supervision. Over that time, Biljana has continuously impressed me with her professionalism, work ethic, willingness to learn and her positive attitude towards any task that she is handed. Biljana is prompt, polite and well mannered in every way. She encompasses the true spirit of hospitality, and treats guests and her fellow co workers with the utmost respect."- Thomas DeSisto, Hotel Manager, Inn at St.Botolph
"Junior is one of many talented interns we have working at the hotel this summer, and he has successfully completed his internship experience and achieved his goal of becoming a supervisor. We are impressed with Junior's ability to work well in this team environment, his pleasant character, and aspirations to learn and grow. He has also been vital to our daily room inspection process. Junior is a senior at Fisher College studying Hospitality Management. We are very excited for Junior to step into this role and become a full time member of the team. We are thrilled to have you on board!" - Brian D. Lodermeier, Director of Rooms, The Liberty Hotel.
"The Tourism Cares team is grateful to Professor Richard W. Metzger, CTC at Fisher College for having arranged Dorota as our summer intern. We all found her to be intelligent, self-sufficient, organized, eager to help, and very pleasant, poised, and professional at all times. She never hesitated to go the extra mile whenever the need arose. Dorota took full advantage of the opportunity to learn as much as possible about various aspects of how a non-profit organization supported by the travel, tourism, and hospitality works, including scholarships and grants." - Carolyn Viles, Program Director, Tourism Cares.
"Giselle's performance during her internship at The Inn at St. Botolph was nothing short of exemplary. My entire staff was dazzled by her enthusiasm, professionalism, intelligence and ability. Her interpersonal and problem solving skills are a perfect match for the hospitality industry, and her delightful personality made her a favorite of every employee and guest she encountered. Giselle surpassed our every expectation, and though she came to us with an already impressive understanding of hotel management, she still managed to absorb and apply new knowledge at an incredible speed. I hope that Giselle will consider joining our team permanently when she finishes school, and I hope that Fisher College will continue to train interns of such a high caliber. They are always welcome at The Inn at St. Botolph." - Michael Farrar, Assistant Manager, Inn at St. Botolph.
What can you do with a Hospitality & Tourism degree?
Successful degree candidates are qualified to work for:
- Travel Agencies
- Cruise Lines
- Meeting Planning Organizations
- Government Tourist Offices
- Car Rental Agencies
- Motor Coach Companies
Employment opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism are expected to grow according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. As more people travel for business and leisure, trained professionals will be needed to secure their travel arrangements and to provide services in the accommodation sector. The World Travel and Tourism Council (opens in new window) expects the Tourism industry to grow at a level of 4.3% over the next ten years, indicating strong long-term growth. According to a survey conducted in 2005, the World Travel and Tourism Council stated 6.5 million new jobs were created for a total of 221.6 million jobs dependent on Travel and Tourism, which represents 8.3% of total worldwide employment. The WTO reports that the Americas can expect to see 282 million travelers per year by 2020.
Strong growth of domestic and international tourism will result in a continued need for well-trained individuals. Hard-working and energetic employees are sought after in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. It is not unusual for students to start out in a supporting role and to receive promotions within the first year of employment. Many Fisher students have earned their place as managers of various properties and companies. While starting salaries will vary, the reported median salary for managers in the hospitality industry ranges from a low of $37,660 to $72,160. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Citations (for career information)
Junior Mendoza '10 poses inside the Lobby area of the stunning and vibrant Liberty Hotel.
Fisher students find satisfying careers after graduating.
Junior Mendoza is the picture of perseverance and determination. When it came time for this Hospitality and Tourism Management major to complete his internship, he followed a lead provided to him by Program Director Richard Metzger and landed an unpaid, 40-hour per week position in the housekeeping department of the Liberty Hotel.
After completing his summer term, Junior was offered a full-time position at the 4 diamond hotel as a Housekeeping Supervisor. Junior now works second shift while completing his senior year of college. While at work he manages a staff as large as 26, ensuring superb customer service. Junior is so grateful for his opportunity but Director of Rooms, Brian Lodermeier, says he is the lucky one to have Junior on board!
Rachel Stout '06 got her dream job with Jet Blue Airways and Jose Soto '05, a sales manager with the Ritz Hotel chain, was recently transferred from Boston to Colorado to participate in the organization and opening of their new hotel in Denver.
Fisher is proud that many of our Hospitality and Tourism graduates and current students are working out in the field.
The following is a list of some locations where Fisher College students have been hired.